MPs from across the political parties are joining together to create an all-party parliamentary group for theatre.
It is founded by former actors, Giles Watling, conservative MP for Clacton, and Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen.
Its aim is to support “the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its workforce and society”.
The group will identify and debate potential opportunities and issues for the theatre industry in the UK, and aims to provide fellow MPs with an “understanding of the theatre and performing arts at a national and local level”.
Watling said: “It is my hope that this APPG will do more to promote domestic theatre in parliament. As a former actor, I know that we have a thriving and successful theatre industry in the UK, but we need to do more to support this sector and improve the offer for those working within it.”
He added that he wanted to put “domestic theatre on a higher level here in parliament”.
Brabin said she hoped the group would be “instrumental in keeping access to theatre open for all, wherever they live”.
UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre have been appointed to provide organisational, staff time and strategic support.
The two bodies will also be bringing together a group of theatre organisations from across the UK to act as a sounding board and to ensure a wide range of theatre topics and issues will be suggested for the group to look into.
SOLT and UK Theatre chief executive Julian Bird said he hoped the group would “highlight the need for government support to ensure the continued resilience of the industry”.
A formal launch of the new group will be held in the autumn.
Last month, peers in the House of Lords debated the “murky world of London theatre”, raising concerns that increasing ticket prices are preventing people from accessing theatre.